Switch Intros Affordable LED Light Bulbs

A new company, Switch Lighting, just introduced some new lights that look promising.  The San Jose-based company has what it calls “the brightest warm light LED replacement available,” according to a news release, and we’ve been able to get access to a couple photos of the 75W bulb.  The Cradle to Cradle bulbs — 40W, 60W, and 75W equivalents — have a self-cooling design that maximizes brightness and requires fewer LEDs.

The 75W equivalent has 1150 lumens, 16 watts, 2750 Kelvins, 85 CRI, and a 20,000 hour average life.  It’s dimmable and free of hazardous materials.  In fact, all lamp components are reusable or recyclable, allowing for some kind of non-landfill application at the end of life.

Similarly, the 60W equivalent has 830 lumens, 13 watts, 2750 Kelvins, 85 CRI, and a 20,000 hour average life.

All of these bulbs offer instant-on functionality with the popular A19 shape, but the price is really where it’s at.  I’ve been told the price of the 60W version may come in at $20, or half the price of the competition, with the 75W bulb at or near that price as well.

Switch Lighting expects to offer these LED bulbs for sale at the usual retailers starting this fall.  And the company will showcase the new technology at Lightfair, which is in Philadelphia from May 17-19, 2011, if you’re in the area.

Credits: Switch Lighting.


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  • gerrr!

    That just looks attractive in itself. Found MR-11 LEDs at Home Depot a few weeks ago; brighter than halogen MR-11s, with a white light that seems truer to skin tones outdoors.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      It is attractive. Actually, it’s been so long since I’ve seen Jurassic Park, but the amberish, glassy bulb makes me think of that cane one of the guys in the movie had. Kind of a random thought, I know, but I can’t wait to see the bulb in person when it comes out.

    • Bruce A Johnson

      Did the LED MR-11′s you referred to have controlled beam spreads such as a narrow spot?

      • gerrr!

        It is a narrow beam; I angled the fixture so that I could read under it.

  • http://www.ledbulbsandlights.com/ LED Lighting

    The specs and the price both look very attractive. Do they have to have a 25,000 hour life to get an energy star rating? If so too bad, because they look good.

  • http://www.ledbulbsandlights.com/ LED Lighting

    I am now more confused regarding energy star ratings.
    Two sites on the energy star web site give different life span requirements

    Here are the web sites and the quotes.

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=ILB
    Did You Know?
    An ENERGY STAR qualified LED light bulb can last 25,000 hours. That means based on normal use, a bulb installed in a newborn’s nursery won’t have to be changed until he or she graduates from college!

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ssl.pr_why_es_com
    o qualify for ENERGY STAR, LED lighting products must pass a variety of tests to prove that the products will display the following characteristics:…
    Light output remains constant over time, only decreasing towards the end of the rated lifetime (at least 35,000 hours or 12 years based on use of 8 hours per day).

    I guess I will call them after the weekend to get clarification.

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  • Anonymous

    I didn’t see anything in the spec sheets I downloaded from the company site, nor any comments in their promo material, regarding how much heat these bulbs will generate in use, compared to equivalent incandescents or CFLs. I like being able to use higher wattage equivalent CFLs in some places because they generate less heat than the old bulbs did. A 75We in a lamp rated for 40W or 60W bulbs, for example. I suppose it will be a while, though, before these Switch LED bulbs will become available in 100We, 125We, 150We, etc.

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  • Taaad1948

    When and where can we buy these?

  • Sal Lyon

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